Many of you have already seen on social media, but last week Jess and I let everyone know that we are in the home stretch of our 4th adoption! Our new son is due on June 6, and we are so excited to meet him any day now.
You may have also seen that on March 31, Ezekyal's adoption was officially finalized. These 2 events converging like they are have been really exciting and really stressful for our family, but the idea of having a new addition to our family is incredible.
It also made me think about what it means to be "wanted." I don't mean wanted like the "America's Most Wanted" list, I mean what it means to know that there are people out there who, no matter what, want you in their lives.
I was talking to a friend about this recently, and it struck me. I have always been wanted. My parents, no matter what, have always loved me and wanted me to be close to them. My sisters have always wanted me around even when we used to fight or argue. I had great friends in high school and college that I still talk to and that I know would want me around even now.
Then I married Jessica, and I was wanted again. Wanted as in the "There is nobody else I would rather be with" kind of wanted. When we had kids, the idea of being wanted grew even again to the point that I was both wanted and needed at the same time by the same people for the same things.
And that is adoption. Being wanted by 1 or 2 people so much that they would give up anything and everything for you.
GOD wanted us so much he gave up His Son.
We wanted our kids so much that we did whatever we had to do to have them.
I will do a separate adoption blog soon, but the other thing it made me think about was this:
What about the people who are not wanted...By anyone.
Have you ever felt unwanted? Like if you were not around that nobody would notice and that the nobody's world would be any different because you were not around.
I think about our kids in Haiti before we met them, the thousands of other children in Haiti who have been left or abandoned, and the children all over the world who do not have parents like I did to love them and care for them no matter what.
I cannot wait to make our new son feel wanted, and I am blessed to get to show my wife, our children, and our kids at All Things New every single day that there is someone in this world who wants them.
At the same time, no matter what else happens in our life, we have someone that wants us. GOD wanted us so much that He gave up His own Son as a way to be with us. We may not always "feel" wanted, but we are. We are not only wanted...We are loved, we are cared for, we are adopted!